Tharwa cemetery gets a spruce up

johnboy 9 November 2012 10

Territory and Municipal Services are letting it be known they’re hard at work on the heritage-listed De Salis Cemetery located on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River in Tharwa.

“The De Salis Cemetery is a rare example of a 19th century pastoral station cemetery. It is of unique construction, comprising a raised circular terrace with walls of local stone.

“The cemetery was built this way as the land on which the cemetery sits was too hard to cut grave sites. The raised terrace also lessened the risk of flooding from the nearby Murrumbidgee River.

“During severe storms in December 2010 and January 2011 the stone wall of the cemetery collapsed as the earth subsided. The wall has continued collapsing due to recurring heavy rain in 2012.

“ACT Parks and Conservation Service commissioned a structural and geotechnical engineer to advise on the best approach to restore the stone wall.

“Ground penetrating radar investigations were also undertaken in May 2012 to locate potential unmarked burial sites prior to disturbing soil behind the damaged wall.

“The investigation indicated an extensive area of previously disturbed ground that may contain unmarked burials.

“The ACT Heritage Unit and Heritage Advisory Service have provided ongoing feedback on the most appropriate methodology for the wall’s restoration. Heritage experts will oversee the restoration to ensure works are in accordance with the site’s heritage plan and to minimise impact on existing graves.

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10 Responses to Tharwa cemetery gets a spruce up
davesact davesact 2:04 pm 10 Nov 12

Weather event eh? Acknowledge the actual cause. Perhaps the new Minister might be a little more transparent with the actual cause of the collapse than his two predecessors over the past two years. I witnessed the scene just before the deluge in Nov 2010 and immediately afterwards.The wall was significantly undermined by wombat burrows at the point of the collapse. The collapse was a maintenance issue exacerbated by a weather event. After they fix it, for future planning, they should address the original issue and not hide behind an act of God. The evidence lies buried under the rockfall.

Kim F Kim F 7:46 pm 09 Nov 12

A friend of mine has a good photo of a snake tail disappearing into the rock wall !

bundah bundah 6:40 pm 09 Nov 12

Good to see that they will resurrect the site coz we don’t want a repeat of what occurred in Q’beyan flood in 1974 where an estimated 200 graves were washed away in the floods.They had to rebury 63 bodies and body parts. Ghastly!

caf caf 4:41 pm 09 Nov 12

Looks like Minister Rattenbury is already learning where the bodies are buried.

Girt_Hindrance Girt_Hindrance 4:31 pm 09 Nov 12

Big job, quite an undertaking.

GardeningGirl GardeningGirl 3:54 pm 09 Nov 12

(Good news.)

DrKoresh DrKoresh 3:48 pm 09 Nov 12

Aaroncbr said :

That’s great! I’m dead tired of the current look.

caf said :

Could take a while, I hear they’ve only got a skeleton staff on the job.

Shame, shame on the lot of you, for making light of such grave matters!

Tetranitrate Tetranitrate 3:47 pm 09 Nov 12

I’m dying to see the new and improved site.

caf caf 3:44 pm 09 Nov 12

Could take a while, I hear they’ve only got a skeleton staff on the job.

Aaroncbr Aaroncbr 3:13 pm 09 Nov 12

That’s great! I’m dead tired of the current look.

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